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historic stucco

Posted by jamesavenue (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 6, 08 at 19:40

We have a 1926 Tudor house that has cedar shakes covering up the original stucco. Has anyone had to repair true stucco - not sto or its various incarnations. I want so much to rip the shingles off and fix the stucco underneath but DH rolls his eyes every time I bring it up. Am I getting into more trouble than this is worth?

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RE: historic stucco

Our home had a "real" stucco job back in '03. It's the true old fashioned stucco, and not the new stuff. Given that our house is very imposing and that the stucco had to go on over an existing 75 year old stucco job over 175 year old bricks, we had it done professionally. The company said, had the original stucco not been painted, they wouldn't have had to face the entire structure in chicken wire. It was the paint job making this necessary.

Was it cheap? OMGosh no. Was it worth it? OMGosh yes. I think I understand how you feel about restoring the original stucco. I think I'd want to do the same thing. I have seen other Tudors with the stucco and it's a very classy look. If the job is done well......a very long term solution. The stucco job before this one lasted 75 years on our house. SEVENTY FIVE YEARS!

RE: historic stucco

Calliope, I've read your posts about your house with growing interest; do you have a photo album somewhere? I'm more and more curious about your place! It sounds wonderful!

RE: historic stucco

I have gazillions of shots here there and everywhere. My computer literally burnt up a month ago and thankfully the data drive on which most of them were stored was salvaged. One of these days I'll post some pics to an album. It's a very basic, real live federal house. Not fancy at all, as it was the home of a prosperous farmer from Virigina, transplanted to the wilderness of the "new" west. And, it lay in disrepair many years. A modern home would have crumbled. It is true that they don't build them like they used to. What an adventure!

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